Pros Good graphics, solid battery life, bluetooth, looks sharp (get the silver and black version, not the all black one cnet tested)
Cons Maybe I'm being picky or I'm just a big wuss, but my right mouse button takes a significant amount of force to register the key stroke.
Summary I was shopping for a 13 or 14" with an optical drive and good battery life without sacrificing graphics and I saw this laptop.. at the time it didn't have a cnet ratting or review (I utilize this site for all my tech purchase), but all the specs checked out and I pulled the trigger. I am very glad I did, this laptop has almost every feature I wanted (except Blueray- all the 13 & 14" laptops with Blueray have horrible battery lives!). Im still learning the multi touch gestures on the touch pad and the right mouse button takes a lot of force to register but other than that I dont have any complaints. I've been able to watch Hulu and ESPN3 on the highest resolution without any hiccups or problems. With the winter snow storm going on right now (Feb 2011) we lost power, but the laptop lasted longer than the power outage ? . This is my first Asus and I knew that they consistently top the reliability ratings for non-apple laptops but i was pleasantly surprised by the lack of bloatware preinstalled (at least compared to my previous Hp's). It comes with the option to open in a quick launch, cloud OS thing, but I have yet to see the use it, windows7 wakes up pretty fast.
Overall I am very happy with it and would recommend it to friends.
Pros Superb battery life, excellent graphics,bluetooth,light weight for mainstream laptop, good aluminum design, fast for an i3, Nvidia Optimus, and its cheap compared to others
Cons little flex in keyboard, no back lit keyboard, no multimedia touch controls, standard screen resolution,
Summary Ok to start off with, i think Dan Ackerman(who reviewed it for CNET) deducted lot of points based on the looks of the laptop, he reviewed an all black laptop..but the silver and black version looks fantastic..
1. Its a very classy looking laptop, believe me..nice aluminum finish ..the feel is very smooth..
2. and it doesn't weight a lot compared to other mainstream laptops..yes its a little thick than its brother u36jc but this one has optical drive so ...its 14inch mainstream which you can carry around..compared it to HP ENVY 14 which was bulky and it had lot of heat issues..it is very slim compared to other mainstream laptops..
3. The biggest pro of this laptop is its BATTERY LIFE... its AMAZING !!!... it lasts more than 7hrs without playing any games. I browse and watch little youtube and what not and i get close to 8hrs on it with brightness being 60%. i don need to carry my charger , i can get thru the day without it and all i use is a laptop sleeve to carry it to work..
4. This baby has a dual graphics (nVidia GeForce GT 425M & Intel GMA HD)... i play games but not a hardcore gamer..i dint test using FRAPS but i do get very very very good framrate when palying black ops or Battlefield bad company 2 or NBA 2k11...i have every setting on high and it runs smoooooooooooooooooth..no lag nothing..im sure im getting good frames per sec...havent tested the battery drain while gaming cos i do that at home and i use direct current so..gaming rocks on this though its flat on its back , i use a laptop cooler..it does get little hot when gaming, which laptop doesnt...
5. Nvidia Optimus is another plus ..hey two graphic cards are always better than one...optimus for gaming and video editing and Intel for regular browsing ..the optimus switching is very well utilized..much bettery than ATI does in its laptops..no wonder this baby runs close to 8hrs on battery...and all the other laptops with optimus have either some nvidia 310 chip (which isnt anywhere close to nVidia GeForce GT 425M) or some ati chip which will drain out the whole battery...the optimus switching is seamless ...the GPU will take care of itself..
6. Intel i3 processor.. no laptop has good battery life with i7 or i5 cpus...show me one..none..people can sacrifice some power for battery life(which is the most imp thing any one will look in a laptop). come on what will i get i5 that i can get with i3?? a little turbo boost or some seconds in graphic or video editing..thats it..people these days make so much issue about having a high end cpu.. and hight end i7 will obv kill the battery life..whats the use...laptops are meant to be carried..portable..use i7 in desktops which makes sense..anyways this laptop is fast..i had no lag anywhere...not in browsing, not in playing games, not in watching HD content movies..its fast...i mean look at the benchmark results posted in the review by dan ackerman..it TOPPLED in every single test against other mainstreams(look at those benchmark bars) and still Dan Ackerman dint give any props for it..i jus wonder why??
7. The only thing ASUS could have done better is by adding a back lite keyboard...and they should have given the option of adding blu ray for plp who want it..and there is no USB 3.0...the keyboard does flex a bit but im totally used to it now..i don see any shortcomings with lack of these minor features...no laptop is ever perfect..
conclusion : plp believe me this laptop is the best when compared to other mainstreams..i researched a lot before buying it( 2 months). its got everything..from my point of view CNET's Dan Ackerman really pulled the laptop down and gave a horrible ratings and review...i don even know why he is comparing it to a Macbook..makes no sense..look at the review at pcmag of this laptop..check it out on this link..
( http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2376737,00.asp ) ..if you want more reviews from plp who have this laptop and their experiences go to this site ( http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/532537-asus-u41jf-u31jg.html ). I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a laptop and pls don consider the CNET's review..get the black and silver combo version if your getting it..you wont regret it and i can bet you will write your own review below.
"Overrated..."on by oohooh18
Pros The Display....and just that!
Bad Mouse Touch Pad
Display Hight is short
Clumsy power chord
Summary Personal usage. Had a Dell laptop before. I bought it because this was rated best in many places. I like the look and everything, but major disappointments in the following area:
1) I find it very slow for a 2.53 GHz process and 4 gb RAM.
2) Display:- The size is scam, its about 1.5 cm shorter than the dell laptop I had from work. Its 14" but the screen hight is very small.
3) The mouse touch pad and buttons:- very bad.
4) Power Chord:- Very messy to carry around, I think its a very basic thing to provide something to tie the thing around.
I would return it if I can, going to call the B&H customer service.
Pros Battery life- I use this laptop at work every day. With my old Toshiba I had to carry the computer, plus the charger (which adds 2-3lbs). With my new Asus, I just take the computer; the battery lasts all day (I get 7-8 hours of life every charge) and I c
Cons -Picks up fingerprints easily
-Some flex in keyboard (however, it does not effect performance)
-I wish right and left click were seperate buttons, but you get used to the solid bar
-Poor video quality frm webcam
-Speakers are a bit quiet (they sound p
Summary I researched for 2 weeks before deciding on this laptop. I read numerous reviews and posts and decided the pros outweighed the cons.
I am very satisfied with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone.
I paid $803 with no tax and free shipping from Abes of Maine, (unfortunately, I think they have sold their stock and the posting has been removed from their site). A comparable Mac is easily $400 more and the battery life is much lower.
If you need a small portable laptop and price, performance and battery-life are your main concerns- then you can't go wrong with this machine.
Pros Performance, Display, Battery life, Warranty
Cons Flex in the keyboard, stiff mouse button. Some bloatware, but easy to remove.
Summary The other reviews have it right, though Dan has some valid points as well. This thing goes all day on a battery charge and the performance is lightning fast. The display is beautiful and the 1G Intel 425m video card really makes a difference. I'm not really a gamer, but I'm scientist that works with the images quite a bit, typically in ImageJ. This laptop handles them with ease and I'm very satisfied with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop performance as well. While the specs boast a 10+ hour battery life, I don't think it will go quite that long with typical use. However, I charge at night, bring it into work (nice not to have to bring the power adapter) and it lasts all day. I like the 14" screen, which is just the right balance between portability an usability, imo.Update: I've been using this computer constantly for the last 10 days, and overall, I'm still quite pleased. However, I've had to re-download a driver pack because the function hotkeys stopped working. Also, the Asus camera utility that came pre-installed was corrupted and wouldn't load (I was going to delete it anyway - the camera works fine with Skype, Google chat, etc). These things aren't a huge deal to me, but if you're not a tinkerer, you might run into some frustrations. That makes my rating a solid 4 now, since a 4.5 should be nearly perfect experience, which it was for a while.
However, keyboard flex is noticeable and cheapens the feel a bit. It also comes loaded with bloatware, but it's quite easy to remove. Mouse performance is good and it supports multi-touch and edge scrolling; both work well. Dan points out that there's lots of competition in this price range. That's true, but I defy you to find another computer with an 8-10 hour batter life with this kind of performance.
One thing I'll stress that others haven't is the killer warranty. Asus provides a 2 year warranty standard PLUS a 1-year accidental damage warranty. Wow. On the registration card that came with it, they even promise to up that to 2 years if you send it in within 40 days. That kind of warranty says a lot about the product. Add that to most other computers and you're out another 200 bucks. Hopefully it will live up to it. This is my first Asus computer after using Compaq, HP, and Dell laptops in the past, and so far I'm very pleased.
Updated on Mar 22, 2011